Mother’s Day.

Happy Mothers Day to all who are or will be. I thought I would share something that I found on my facebook feed today, that I very appropriate. 

“To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day

To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be

To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths

To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you

To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.” 

– From Amy of the messy middle. 

A little about me:

Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Elizabeth and thank you for taking the time to click on the link and at least see what I am all about!

I am a Mother to three boys ages 1, 5, and 7 years old, that live in a little town in North Carolina that you have probably never heard of *cue hipster eye roll here* about an hour from Charlotte.  I consider myself to be a Chewy Granola Mom as I TRY to eat healthy and unprocessed foods, sometimes with disastrous results. (More on that later.) I cloth diaper my youngest and recently finished with baby-lead weaning. I bed share when the situation calls for it…which is most nights…and I practice baby wearing and am currently a Wrapsody Ambassador for http://www.wrapsodybaby.com. I am married to the love of my life, my complement, my soulmate, my high school sweetheart, Michael for almost a decade now. He supports my craziness like no other man could.

I have a crafty mind and I am always looking for cheap ways to diy things I find around the house, which has come to use like the creation of my gallon pickle jar solar driveway lights. (They were awesome until they were run over, next time they’ll be brick.)

The blog will most likely have a spattering of my attachment parenting, information about causes that I am passionate about, as well as information about what there is to do, make, and see with children in the Triad Area, and most of all good, cheap, FUN. So, everything will be affordable by my standards. Which is pretty cheap as a family of five with one income.

You might be wondering why I chose a wandering penguin to be the inspiration for my site. It’s a good question. In short I was looking for inspiration connected to wanderlust (I get terrible cabin fever) and my middle child loves penguins. I got the image of a tubby flightless black and white bird wearing a fedora and carrying a red leather satchel while he traveled the world.  Seems simple enough…I wanted to have a resource for sunny and rainy day activities to interact with my children in the Charlotte area…I couldn’t find one that fit my liking…or didn’t always recommend Carowinds or similar. (THAT PLACE IS EXPENSIVE and so not what I was looking for.) So, I am setting out to create that ideal resource for you.

So, I am sure you are just ready for me to get on with it. What’s the point of this site if she is going to just ramble on. To appease you I offer this really cool idea for your Summer readers and maybe not so interested in reading readers. INCENTIVE!

I came across Barnes and Nobles website for their “Imagination’s Destination” Summer Reading Program where if your child records themself reading any eight books, be they Dr. Suess or the Dictionary, they can turn in that reading and get a Free Book from those listed on the sheet found on the site. Can we say AWESOME and I know that my eldest would love a little extra reading time with before bed!  Find it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570